See, the thing about religion is that’s it’s usually a small journey from, “Hey, that’s a good idea!” (see, “be nice to everybody) to “Wow! You just may be batshit crazy!” (lots of examples about this, am I right?). Well, guess which one I’m here to talk about.
A friend of mine was recently trapped in a conversation with a man who felt she needed some saving. This despite the fact that she is in fact a church-going Christian and informed him as much. He could tell by looking at her that she wasn’t religious enough. A handy, I suppose, super-power, if perhaps a little boring. Her short-coming, as evidenced by his 2 PAGE DIAGRAM, was in the field of chastity (she’s married, by the way). According to his rant, “Chastity (a Virtue (capitalization his, not mine)) means to see everyone as made in the image and likeness of GOD” (again, his capitalization).
Except, that’s not what chastity means. Even a little. There’s probably a thing that does meant that. But it’s not chastity.
For him, and whatever weird little church he belongs to that doesn’t have a good grasp of vocabulary, being Chaste involves something called SPICE. One then has to assume the Spice Girls are necessarily Chaste. Except Ginger Spice, of course, as gingers have no souls.
What is SPICE you ask? Well, it’s an acronym unsurprisingly. It’s an acronym where each word makes up one of the five petals of a flower (aside – he misspelled “petal” though he did draw a diagram of the SPICE flower – the center of which, the pistil, is labelled “love,” which is nice). The five petals of the SPICE flower are:
I’m gonna go ahead and assume he meant “Emotional.” Anyway, the important thing for chastity is that all five petals are in balance like a “beautiful flower” and not like one of those jacked-up flowers that you find in the bottom of the flower fridge at the grocery store at 6pm on Mother’s Day. If they’re not, you have to focus on developing the ones that are out of balance. (Duh.) For instance, he writes, “Women that are not dressed appropriately have an extreme Physical petal…” I’m gonna stop here and take a guess that he could tell she needed this info because she was wearing yoga pants (in public! gasp!), or as the internet calls them, whore pants. Then he adds, “they actually don’t show enough.”
Wait, what? Now maybe he explained this during his rant, but on paper, this makes no sense.
Then, all of the sudden, we’re done with the SPICE flower and have moved on to answer the question, “What is the Mass?” Apparently, and I’m just gonna put the entire quote in it’s entirety, it’s a marriage ceremony where “God is marrying his bride the Church. We are the Body of Christ here on earth. And at the consummation of the Mass he shares his real Body Blood, Soul and Divinity (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?). *This is called the Theology of the Body!”
Okay, let me take a breath and go through this one item at a time. “God is marrying his bride the Church.” I’m guessing he means “congregation” not Church, so I’ won’t pick on this. But then we get into “We are the Body of Christ here on earth” which doesn’t even follow from his previous sentence, so I don’t know what he means. And then, “And at the consummation of the Mass he shares his real Body Blood, Soul and Divinity (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?)”
I’d like to assume that by “consummation” he means “completion” and not, you know, what everybody else means by consummation. But you never know with crazy.
“He shares his real Body Blood, Soul, and Divinity…” That’s a lot of sharing.
“(Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?”) No, It doesn’t sound familiar. Not even a little fucking bit. Familiar to what? To whom?
“This is called the Theology of the Body!” The only reason I bring this sentence up is that when I Googled “the Theology of the Body,” Google auto-filled with “the Theology of Yoga Pants” which I thought was frigging hysterical.
Then he says that “the reason women can’t be priests is because the priest must be an Icon of
God/Jesus who is male and he gives to the bride….hence the bridegroom and the bride.” Hence the bridegroom and the bride? What? How is that a “hence”? Does “hence” mean something I don’t know?
That’s followed by a diagram of the trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with the Father at the top, as usual. Then there’s an arrow pointing to the next diagram labelled “at Home” which is the trinity of the Husband, Wife and “Child that shows their love.” Though he misspelled “their” as “there” but then wrote over it. Maybe it was the other way around though. And of course, the Husband is at the top of the pyramid. No explanation as to why this is included at all.
After that, he writes “Catholics are supernatural and have multiple dimensions!”
Wait, this is supposed to be Catholicism?! Sweet damn. I did 13 years in Catholic school and not once did “supernatural” come up. And neither did “multiple dimensions” but that was probably just because the word “multiple” would maybe make us think about “multiple orgasms” and that’s not just not okay. I mean, I heard a lot of crazy shit come out of the place. (One nun told us all that masturbation is a sin because it is homosexual in nature since you are performing a sex act on someone of your own gender. That messed my head up so bad, I couldn’t masturbate for almost 3 hours. Almost. I suppose I could have argued that I was trying desperately not to masturbate, but that I was having trouble find someone to do it for me, though I doubt that was her point.) If I’d known I was supernatural, I’d have at least tried to pick up girls with that line. Thanks, Obama!
What’s left is the word “worry” in huge print with an arrow pointing toward the word “devil.” Under that, just as big, “suffering” with an arrow pointing to “God.”
I guess that worrying leads to the devil, but suffering leads to God? No, that doesn’t sound right. Worry is caused by the devil, but suffering is caused by God? Hmmm….that’s probably not it either. Worry equals devil? Suffering equals God? Worry made the devil and suffering made God? I really got nothing on this one.
As my friend was relating this encounter to me, all I could think was, “Lucky!” I love meeting crazy people. They’re so much more interesting than normal people, and sadly, as I grow older, my ability to attract the crazies seems to have diminished, much to my chagrin. She did not match my enthusiasm.